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Texas A&M University Press Releases Anthology On Mexican American Life

"Nepantla Familias" features the essays, poems and short stories of living 'in between different worlds' of Mexico and America.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications April 21, 2021


Texas A&M University Press has released Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds edited by Sergio Troncoso, a literary collection of essays, poems, and short stories which address the concept of “Nepantla” (middle ground or borderland) through a Mexican American lens.

Troncoso is the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son and other award-winning books. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is a resident faculty member of the Yale Writers’ Workshop and current president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

“Anyone who has left their home and tried to find a new one in a strange place — at times welcoming and at times hostile — they should find themselves in the work of Mexican American writers exploring Nepantla,” Troncoso said.

The book has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, which calls it, “A deeply meaningful collection that navigates important nuances of identity.”

Several virtual discussions are planned for the book’s release:

  • BookPeople virtual event – a conversation with Sergio Troncoso and three writers from the book.
    Thursday, April 22, 6 p.m.
  • Texas Book Festival April Book Club Selection
    Virtual  discussion featuring authors Francisco Cantú, José Antonio Rodríguez, Diana López, and Sergio Troncoso on Crowdcast.
    Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
  • The Wittliff Collections Presents a virtual conversation with Sergio Troncoso, an interview with Sandra Cisneros, and brief readings from nine of the acclaimed writers in the book.
    Wednesday, April 28, 3 p.m.

Nepantla Familias will be a featured book at the San Antonio Book Festival April 9-11.

Media contact: Kyle Littlefield, Texas A&M University Press,

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